Born: 1 April 1940
Died: 25 September 2011
Prof. Wangari Maathai was one of the greatest women in the world. She was steadfast in her quest to make Kenya and the world a better place. Her fight for environmental conservation, women rights, and urging fellow Kenyans to plant trees where wanton deforestation for short sighted financial gains was the norm propelled her into national and international limelight. This was achieved through the Green Belt Movement that she founded in 1970.
Wangari Maathai marriage to Mwangi Mathai ended in divorce after her husband accused her of adultery with a Member of Parliament. He also claimed that she was too strong minded for a woman and she was uncontrollable.
Maathai was quoted by The standard as claiming that HIV/AIDS was a Western scientist creation designed to finish Africans. She was to reiterate the same sentiments in an interview with the Time Magazine although not explicitly.
Prof. Wangari Maathai passed away on 25 September 2011 at Nairobi Hospital while receiving cancer treatement aged 71.
She survived by her three children. We loved you and we know you are in a better place.